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Ball Is Life – Series Finale

At the beginning of the season, I caught up with Justin Jackson of the Lancaster Barnstormers to talk about joining the indy ball ranks and his new vlog Ball Is Life.

During the season, Jackson created over 20 vlogs on Youtube documenting his life in the Atlantic League. He let fans into an area that they rarely get to see with behind the scenes access, interviews with teammates, and just everyday thoughts about indy ball life.  He also included a look into his personal life and hobbies outside of baseball.

You can check out all 24 episodes of Ball Is Life on his Youtube channel – HERE.

He finished the season in Lancaster with a 3-3 record and 3.65 ERA as a pitcher and a .250 batting average in 64 at-bats.

As of yesterday, he also finished creating Ball Is Life.

He isn’t done with Youtube though – far from it actually. In the video, Jackson stated that he wanted to rebrand his vlog, have a fresh start, create even more content and “open more boxes.”

Jackson has assured me that he will let me know when the rebranding is complete. I’m excited to see what he has up his sleeve for the offseason and beyond!

Don’t miss the next chapter of Jackson’s vlogging. You can keep up with him by subscribing to his YOUTUBE CHANNEL as well as following him on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

On a side note (shout out!), Jackson is sporting a Mr. I Don’t Bunt t-shirt in his last vlog… a shirt inspired by the song/video from my good friend C.J. Beatty.  Check it out!

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Spring Training – Blog Season Preview

Spring training has arrived and baseball is right around the corner! While indy ball still has a couple of months before the season kicks off, there will still be a lot to talk about in upcoming posts and throughout the season.

According to records collected by IndyBaseballChatter.com, there are 52 players in major league spring training who have spent some time in independent baseball. 28 of those players are on 40-man rosters, while the remaining 24 are non-roster invitees to spring training. In total, there are 41 pitchers, 4 infielders, 4 outfielders, and 3 catchers.

In addition to the 52 players in major league camp, there are currently many more indy ball alumni scattered throughout organizations’ minor league spring training camps.

This season, I hope to bring more stories, interviews, and articles from these players throughout major and minor league baseball as well as coverage of players who are signed to affiliated ball during the summer.

Besides the players, there are many indy ball stories that I plan on following as the season progresses such as:

  • the pace of play rules being implemented in various independent leagues
  • the two new leagues trying to breaking into indy ball
    • East Coast Baseball League
    • Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League
  • the state of the Pecos League
  • the United League Baseball saga
  • baseball leagues overseas
    And more!

As I live close to and have season tickets for the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League, you can expect stories and extensive coverage from there as well.

I want to make this blog as fan friendly and interactive as possible this season.  If you have any suggestions or stories you would like to hear, please let me know! And as always, I welcome any player who wants their story told!